The fascination with grain whisky is continuing with this realease from Invergordon. The Invergordon distillery which can be found nestled in the Highlands of Scotland and is considered by many to be one of the finest producers of grain whisky, founded back in 1959, production started a few years later in 1961 and although the distillery has changed hands a few times it is now under the wings of Whyte and Mackay. The distillery boasts a very impressive 36 million litres of alcohol produced per year from the 3 Coffey stills, which in turn produce an abv of 94% with a cask filling strength of 71% ..
This expression is a 25 yo bottled at 49.8% abv and is NCF and has no colour added..
Nose.. A little slow to open but eventually you start to get those typical Grain qualities coming through.. Butterscotch, vanilla, burnt sugars and a little fruit, a faint floral aroma eventually comes through with scents of apple orchards and citrus peels before giving way to some spicy oaky scents.
Palate.. Mmmm, sweet and creamy with lots of vanilla, caramel and toffee notes, fresh apple peel and orange chocolate, plenty of oaky notes and a touch of spice.
Finish.. Sweet oak with a twist of spice.
Thoughts.. This one has quite a soft nose and did take some time to open but once it did it was quite delightful.. The soft aromas really do delight the senses and remind me of the delights from my favourite lowland distillery. I often find it a shame that grain whisky like this is overlooked by so many and for no real reason, yes it is generally more delicate and has less of a big punch but that’s the beauty of it.. There are some great bottles of grain whisky out there so don’t miss out !